Thursday, May 01, 2008
My daughter-in-law's ex-husband, her daughter's father, was found dead in his apartment a couple of days ago. He had overdosed & died a whole week earlier.
My stepgranddaughter is 14 & going through a difficult adolescence. Her mom & stepdad (my son) are great, but her dad's issues (which I won't go into here) have cast a dark shadow over her life for years. Now he is gone; tomorrow E & K are helping his family clear out his apartment, & the funeral will be Saturday.
Please pray for them, & especially E, that God will comfort & strengthen them as they deal with the shock & grief (& maybe twinges of guilt for sometimes feeling relieved that he's gone).
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I don't need to change my recorded weight at SP every time there's a fluctuation on the scales. If I've had a day or two of extra indulgences, of course it's going to show that I've gained--but twice now, the next day my weight is back to normal. Having supposedly gained five pounds over the weekend, I've "lost" it again with one day of more normal eating.
So from now on I'll change my SP weight only if a gain proves to last more than a few days.
I'm thankful to have slept better last night. Ilyse, thanks for reminding me about black cohosh. I have some black cohosh tea, but it tastes pretty wretched so I don't drink it often. I should try supplements & see if they help.
Last night I attended the funeral of a church friend--a man who had had many struggles & failures in life (addictions, failed marriage, periods of homelessness) but who became amazingly healthy, mature, generous, & fruitful as an artist after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in about 2000. I was in a church small group with him in 2006-2007 & it was a privilege. Members of the church rallied around him & spent LOTS of time with him, especially after he entered hospice care last fall. The funeral was a magnificent celebration--very nurturing to the soul.
I am blessed to be in such a faith community, even though I can't invest nearly as much time in it (especially in building friendships) as I'd like.
Monday, April 28, 2008
The church retreat was good. Well, the speaker/facilitator was rather lame, actually, though he was a nice guy. But the place was beautiful & serene, & we had a really good time chatting with various people over meals & getting to know them better.
Went on a nature walk, which was absolutely lovely--the woods were full of wildflowers--but I won't count it as exercise because the pace was very sedate. On Sunday I ran a few times between the main building & my cabin--that was some real exercise & I'll count it.
I ate more than I needed, & the scales show me up five pounds today! Am going to see if I can get back down into the 150s this week without starting to track again. I need to be disciplined, but I'm short on time. And I think the extra pounds will come off quickly because they were added in such a short time.
Sleeping is still not great, despite all the wonderful fresh air (extra oxygen normally makes one sleepy) & even though last night I took 35 mg of medication. Menopause is definitely not my favorite time of life. Even though the weather is (mostly) good for running, it's hard to get up to run if I haven't had enough sleep. Still, I'm not suffering the horrendous agitated sleeplessness that makes me feel depressed during the day, so I'm thankful for that.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I can see that I'm going to be working well into the night. But here's what has been accomplished today:
1. Went to the doctor. It IS shingles! I'm now taking an antiviral. It's only a mild outbreak, & hopefully it'll stay relatively pain free.
2. I talked to the doctor about my insomnia: with the increased dosage of Amitriptyline my sleeping has improved, but my body still gets into grooves of sleeplessness. She agreed with my suggestion of prescribing some 10-mg caplets, so that I can add one to my normal 25-mg dosage any night that I need to make sure the prior night's insomnia doesn't become a pattern.
3. I've made good headway in the chapter I'm editing.
4. I got a repairman for the washing machine; he came in the early afternoon & got it fixed. I have finished all the laundry now! Four extra-large loads (my clothes plus the household linens).
5. My (vegetarian) stepdaughter took off today to NY/NJ for a month of work & fun, & we celebrated by grilling chicken for dinner! It started to rain just as I headed out the back door to light the grill, but I opened an umbrella & forged ahead anyway. My husband got some quick veggies ready, & we had a GREAT meal (indoors, of course). Yum!
6. Tonight I was finally able to hand over the bookkeeping books & files to the person who is taking over as treasurer for our condo association (a position rotated among five units). What a relief!
Still HAVEN'T gotten anything done on the poster, except that I bought a few materials when I was out. So I'm going to keep working doggedly till I finish the editing, then make the poster.
I'll be away over the weekend. Picture me among the trees . . . it's going to be lovely.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Excuse the upcoming rant--today I'm slightly off-kilter. For the past couple of days I've had an ugly skin inflammation on the side of a breast--I suspect shingles (never seen them before, but I looked at some online photos & it looks that way). It doesn't itch & just hurts slightly. So tomorrow morning I'm missing a work meeting so as to go to see my doctor; I'll work from home before & after the appointment. I'm not worried about the shingles, but it's another THING to deal with as I'm (a) trying hard to finish up a very late project at work, (b) waiting for a signature page to be faxed to me so I can start on my new huge freelance project, & (c) aware that we need to start getting our stuff together to take on our church retreat--we leave Friday evening pretty much as soon as I get home from work. I've agreed to make a Colombia poster for that, & honestly I haven't yet figured out what to put on it. My dad called the other day & didn't leave a message. One of our building's washers went on the blink the other day, at the same time that one of the outlets for the washers stopped working. We got an electrician to fix the outlet, but nobody has yet taken initiative to get a repair person for the washer. My laundry is way behind.
Oh, & Ted, a lovely man from church, died of lung cancer the other day. For weeks I had been meaning to go see him. I feel sad to have missed doing so--but he died surrounded by his daughter, our pastor, his dear friend who served as his hospice nurse, her husband, & a few other friends from church. They knew he was going, & they read scripture & sang & prayed as he died. I am thankful that he died surrounded by so much love & faith.
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